By Danielle Knafo
In writing and lecturing during the last twenty years at the courting among psychoanalysis and artwork, Danielle Knafo has validated the numerous ways that those disciplines tell and light up one another. This e-book keeps that dialogue, emphasizing how the inventive strategy in psychoanalysis and paintings makes use of the subconscious in a quest for transformation and therapeutic. half one of many publication provides case reports to teach how unfastened organization, transference, dream paintings, regression, altered states of attention, trauma, and solitude functionality as artistic instruments for analyst, sufferer, and artist. Knafo makes use of the metaphor of dance to explain healing motion, the back-and-forth stream among therapist and sufferer, previous and current, containment and free up, and wide awake and subconscious concept. The analytic couple is either artist and medium, and the dance they do jointly is a dynamic illustration of the boundless creativity of the subconscious brain. half of the booklet bargains in-depth stories of numerous artists to demonstrate how they hire quite a few media for self-expression and self-creation. Knafo indicates how artists, notwithstanding regularly developing in solitude, are usually engaged in major relational proceses that attempt rapprochement with internalized gadgets and service of psychic harm. Dancing with the Unconscious expands the theoretical measurement of psychoanalysis whereas providing the clinician how one can become aware of larger creativity in paintings with patients.
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It feels right, but why? Because she begins here, being part of a group, then breaks away to encounter the condemned woman, and, of course, this encounter is with herself, with her choices, with her analysis, and with me. She is an outcast, and so the group holds clues to her identifications. ANA: I am not sure. I see myself as I am, but they were sixth graders. But I am among them. It's a cross between a sixth-grade population of boys and girls and a postgraduate population of men and women.
You could see her face. She is as far as you are from me. She is thin, with thin features, forlorn, long, dishwater grayish-brunette hair, and very sad eyes. Ah, we dance now in the embrace of the transference. ” The dream incorporates the analysis. It refers to the analysis. It is meant at least partly as a communication to the analyst. ANA: And she sat there and the group came around. And the executioner people were fitting her, taking a noose and adjusting it. I couldn’t figure out how this process would work, taking vital signs.
The second section of this volume presents in-depth studies of a number of artists and their works. Just as Freud studied psychopathology in order to learn about the psyche, these chapters will look at creative artists and thinkers to understand psychological processes that exist in all of us. The artistic project can serve and illustrate many psychological needs: the creation of a self; the establishment of connections with the world; affect regulation; the working through of conflict and processing of trauma; myth and meaning making; and the symbolic search for immortality.
Dancing with the unconscious : the art of psychoanalysis and the psychoanalysis of art by Danielle Knafo